Newly standard for 2005 on Mercury's version of the Ford Explorer is AdvanceTrac stability enhancement system with Roll Stability Control that's able to selectively engage the anti-lock braking system and engine controls to help prevent the vehicle from rolling over under extreme handling situations. New this year is a Designer Series package that includes "Preferred Suede" interior trim, with specific scuff plates and 17-inch chrome wheels. Available with either rear- or all-wheel-drive, the midsize Mountaineer comes standard with a 210-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6, and alternately offers an aluminum-block 239-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8. A five-speed automatic is standard in all models, as are four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system. A Safety Canopy side-curtain airbag system is standard on the Premier version, optional on all other trim levels.
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